RIVERDALE — Girl Scouts across the country recognized Girl Scout Week, March 10-16, by celebrating with birthday parties and conducting projects that benefited their local communities.

Girl Scout Week marked the founding of the Girl Scout organization on March 12, 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low. Both Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge have Girl Scout troops, ranging in rank from Daisies through Ambassadors.

On Wednesday, March 13, the Bergen County Board of Freeholders issued a proclamation recognizing March 10-16, 2019 as Girl Scout Week. Girl Scout Troops 97499 and 95592 accept a proclamation from the Bergen County Board of Freeholders recognizing Girl Scout Week. With the Girl Scout troops are members of the Bergen County Freeholder Board, Bergen County Executive James Tedesco, Dahlia Cooper, Director of Membership Recruitment for Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey and Director of Veterans Services A.J. Luna.

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“During Girl Scout Week, we celebrate our rich history and our founder’s vision to provide something special for girls across the country to help them grow and discover themselves,” said Betty Garger, President and Chief Executive Officer for Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey. “It’s amazing when you think that Girl Scouts was started when women didn’t even have the right to vote.”

Girl Scouting started in Savannah, Georgia with a membership of only 18 girls. Low had a vision of bringing something “special to girls of America and the world” and strived to help girls develop physically, mentally and spiritually. In the 107 years since, Girl Scouts has shaped the lives of over 59 million women in the United States.  The program centers around STEM, the outdoors, development of life skills, and entrepreneurship. Girl Scouts of the USA announced its national initiative to reduce the gender gap in STEM fields by bringing millions of girls into the STEM pipeline over the next eight years. 

Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey serves girls ages 5-18 in 160 municipalities in Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Northern Warren counties. Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey serves over 26,000 girls and almost 14,000 adults for a total membership of over 40,000.

 

 

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